If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should. Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands:
According to a National League executive, the Astros have said
the package must include two top prospects, a third minor-league
player, and a young player who is “major-league ready.”
Which is totally ridiculous. Such a return would even be ridiculous if the Astros were eating a ton of salary, which they aren’t at all willing to do.
I understand that Ed Wade wants to get a load in return, but there are enough difficulties involved with trading Roy Oswalt that his unreasonable demands aren’t helping the situation.
Given the money and the lack of leverage involved, I think Wade would be lucky to get a single top prospect and some other serviceable player, be it a minor leaguer or someone who is “major league ready.”
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.